I dunno about you, but when something horrible happens--a bridge inexplicably collapses in Minnesota, a volcano buries a Guatemalan hillside, an earthquake shakes Haiti to indistinguishable bits, a nightmarish tornado turns homes to matchsticks in Missouri, a hurricane blasts apart Louisiana or Texas or New York--I find myself wanting to do something.
Soooooo, here I am: Doing something. Specifically, some friends and I are assembling emergency clean-up buckets for UMCOR to use in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy.
This will go lots better if we do this together. Here's what you do:
- Download this thingy. The photo at the end of this post is a sample of the "thingy" I'm talking about.
- Make copies (note that they're two-sided) for as many homes as you have in your neighborhood, apartment complex, office cube-farm, whatever. Cut 'em apart, fold 'em in half, and punch a hole in the top right corner. (No, I'm not a control freak, but if you punch a hole anywhere else, you'll be punching through some of the text.) (Plus? I'm a control freak.)
- Thread a rubber band or piece of yarn or whatever through that hole. POOF! Doorhanger.
- On the front, under "from your neighbors" write your name and address so people know you're a real person who lives/works nearby.
- On the inside, write a day and time when you'll stop by to pick stuff up.
- Talk a walk and hang 'em on your neighbors' doors/cubes. You pro'ly figured this step out all by yourself, eh?
- At the appointed time from step 5, go fetch the stuff. I recommend giving people 5-7 days' notice.
- If you live near me, email me so we can arrange a time for me to get the stuff from you. Please complete your collection by Sunday, November 18, as a group of us are sorting and assembling supplies on Monday, November 19. Everything will be delivered to a central collection point in Columbia, Missouri to be shipped to affected areas.
- If you don't live near me, visit UMCOR's website to learn assembly instructions and to find a collection site.